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Rania Nasis, MD, MBA
Rania is a physician entrepreneur and seasoned operator with a passion for building companies to address unmet needs in healthcare. She is the founder and CEO of Starlings, an advisory firm that works with early-stage healthcare companies on strategy, operations, and product-market fit. She is also a Director of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, a non-profit global biomedical and healthcare innovation network. She has a wide breadth and depth of experience across a multitude of areas in healthcare, including digital health, aging tech, biotech, life sciences, devices, and diagnostics.
Her experience spans the healthcare, technology, and finance sectors. She was formerly Chief Operating Officer of Element3 Health, a healthcare technology company that connected seniors to local activity groups for healthy aging. Prior to that, she was Managing Director at Poliwogg Holdings, a healthcare-focused investment firm, where she evaluated new investment opportunities, managed relationships with strategic partners, and oversaw the development of the firm’s online investment platform. Dr. Nasis was also Managing Director at Regenerative Medicine Strategy Group, a biotech management consulting firm, and General Manager at California Stem Cell, Inc., a cellular therapeutics company (acquired by NeoStem, Inc.), where she guided daily operations and oversaw the development of novel cell therapy products and research tools. She was also the co-founder and CEO of Wanzo, a digital health startup targeting childhood obesity through gamification of activity via a social network.
She received her medical degree from New Jersey Medical School, Masters of Business Administration from the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine, and Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University. She has published multiple business articles and has made scientific contributions to peer-reviewed journals and textbooks. She is committed to building communities that foster healthcare entrepreneurship and supporting companies that use technology to improve health, well-being, and the quality of care.